Day two: Gala Expo Day

On Sunday the 15th of January, the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club was abuzz with the sights, sounds and smells of the best that Goolwa has to offer.  The lawns in front of the club were filled with stalls as local businesses and community groups displayed their wares and offered visitors the change to discover more about their work.  


There was plenty to keep visitors sustained with strawberries and cream, international cuisine, wood fired pizzas, freshly brewed coffee, BBQ and more!

On the water Sailability conducted 4 short races each of 10 minute duration. This regatta was for the Simon Thiele Trophy in honour of our Past Commodore and founding member of Sailability at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club. Ten boats competed displaying their colourful sails and showing what Sailability stands for. Crews and skippers enjoyed close racing with a sausage course and southerly winds approximately 10knots.


In first place was Laurance and Tom Byrne
In second place Robby Parker and Dave Hurford
In third place Trish Faulkner and Fiona Dostal


The Goolwa Vintage Boat Club participated in the GRYC Regatta week with a sailing event which attracted 12 competitors. The course consisted of two laps of the Goolwa Pond in fresh southerly conditions. With a combined age of many hundred years, the Vintage River Boat fleet keeps alive an important part of Goolwa’s nautical traditions and embodies generations of river history and folklore. The graceful lines, gleaming bright work, white sails and colourful flags caught the eyes of spectators who lined the river to take in the event.

A great competitive start saw ‘Mandalay’ win the start followed by ‘Edith’ and ‘Ellen’. At the top mark ‘Dolphin had taken the lead followed by ‘Endeavour’ and then ’Ellen’.
Line honours went to ‘Dolphin’ with ‘Endeavour’ in second place and ‘Ellen’ in third.
Handicap results saw’ Mandalay’ take first place, ‘ Iole’ in second place and ‘Zeta’ finished third.


The weather could not have been better with blue skies and a breeze of 10 to 15 knots from the South the public take advantage of the conditions and enjoy a perfect day in Goolwa. From the Steamranger and market at the main wharf, along the foreshore to the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club and then further along to the Goolwa Aquatic Club, people were everywhere.
Inside the Kinnear Room scale model yachts were on display along with an art exhibition by talented local photographer Chris Caffin.